From My Pen
Individual companies should undertake own energy efficiency initiatives
Global trends in energy reduction have seen individual companies opting to undertake their own initiatives in reducing electricity consumption.
By following this international paradigm, South African companies in commerce and industry would each take responsibility for deploying their own energy efficiency solutions.
This suggestion is backed by a recent report by market researcher, Nielsen, which found that “energy efficiency initiatives were most successful in companies with long-term strategies and a formal structure to support energy efficiency improvements, rather than those who adopted ‘kneejerk’ responses to the threat of carbon taxes and high energy prices.”
South African industry players recently approached Eskom to instigate a commercial mass rollout programme. EES maintains that as part of this programme each individual company should implement its own intelligent ICT.
As the Nielsen report states, there are substantial opportunities for South African companies to undertake “further innovation, investment and process changes for greater energy efficiency gains.”